[This letter was read on Sunday morning (6/28/15) to the body of CFC.]
Dear church family,
While the Supreme Court’s decision this week may alarm and dismay many of you, I just want to encourage you with the truth that God is still on His throne. This decision did not take God by surprise. And really, it shouldn’t take us by surprise. What else should we expect from a culture and nation that has drifted further and further from any biblical moorings or standards of morality?
The Bible clearly defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Five people in black robes cannot redefine what the Creator of the universe instituted and what has been the understanding of civilization for millennia. As a church, we will continue to hold to the biblical definition of marriage. We are in the process of updating our bylaws to include language that, for the time being, will ensure that we can continue unhindered to preach and practice what the Bible clearly teaches.
This is not a time to wring our hands, or cave to the culture, or retreat to a monastery. Rather, this is a time to be bold in our witness for Christ. The darker our culture and nation becomes, the brighter the light of the gospel shines. While this is a sad day for our nation as sin is institutionalized, it is an opportunity for Christ’s church. As people dip deeper and deeper into the well of sin searching for what will quench their thirst—we have the living water! We have the answer to the longing of their hearts. We have the solution to our society’s problems, and the only hope for men’s souls: the life-transforming, sin-defeating message of the gospel of Christ.
So, as the broken and disillusioned refugees from this new “morality” arrive on our doorstep, are we prepared to embrace them with Christ’s love? We must be. We must stand with conviction and with kindness. We must extend grace and speak the truth. And we must never forget as Paul told the Corinthian believers, that we were all sinners under God’s justified wrath, but “we were washed, we were sanctified, we were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
In one sense, this decision by the Supreme Court changes nothing. Our marching orders remain the same—to go and make disciples of all nations; to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth; to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Dark days may be ahead, but God has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. May this historic moment cement our resolve to be Christ’s disciples, committed to Him and His Word no matter the cost or consequence. And may we repent of our own sin so that we may be clean vessels useful to the Master. As Paul exhorted the believers in Philippi: “May you prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life.”
With much affection,
Gary (on behalf of the elders)